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How and why EasyOS is different

November 27, 2023 — BarryK

EasyOS was born in January 2017, and since then there have been bits and pieces written here and there about how and why it is different from other Linux distributions. This includes some rather technical descriptions. What is needed is a simple plain-English list, so that anyone can get a quick idea of what EasyOS is all about.

So, here goes. Do note, though, that Easy is an experimental distribution, and the features may change, and some features are a work-in-progress. These items are not listed in any particular order...


Why the ISO format has to die

November 14, 2022 — BarryK

Page originally created December 28, 2021
Updated: November 14, 2022

EasyOS ships as a .img file, that is written to a drive. Barry stopped shipping EasyOS as an ISO file from early 2020. This was a controversial decision. Barry will continue the rest of this page writing in the first-person.

When I first wrote this page, in December 2021, I was reacting to emails that I had received. Quite incredible emails; one guy told me it is not my fault, I am showing the signs of early dementia!

My reaction below, is somewhat confronting, but it represents my mood at the time. Revising this page in November 2022, I decided to leave that text as-is...


Legal, disclaimers, miscellania

January 01, 2022 — BarryK

Page first created: April 13, 2019

"Easy Linux", also known as "EasyOS" or "Easy OS" or "Easy" was created by Barry Kauler in January 2017, and the names are claimed for this project. The official host sites are and

The official blog for Easy Linux is, and the very first post, announcing version 0.2 in March 2017 is here:

Where not explicitly stated or implied, code, text, artwork and concepts are copyrighted to Barry Kauler, with GPL license version 3.


EasyOS Forum & other links

September 06, 2021 — BarryK

EasyOS has a special section in the Puppy Linux Forum: welcome!

Barry Kauler, the creator of EasyOS, has a blog that he posts to nearly every day. Barry's posts to the blog are basically anything that interests him, including philosophy, ethics, technology,  and travel. There are specific threads within the blog, including one for EasyOS: